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16 killed in stampede for government jobs

Protesters support the WikiLeaks whistleblower outside Fort Meade

Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks and the secret trial at Fort Meade: proceedings begin for the soldier charged with leaking national secrets

David Usborne reports on the historic court martial of Bradley Manning which opens on Monday

Motorola's formerly successful Razr phone. The company has announced it will be launching a new model to compete with the smartphone market

Google's Moto X launched at D11 conference: Motorola hopes smartphone with smart price can reclaim mobile market

The new device will 'anticipate' the needs of the user, reacting differently when it is taken out of someone’s pocket as to when it is at rest

Boy Scouts of America vote over allowing gay members into troops

1,400 members will cast ballots to determine whether openly gay members should not be excluded from participating

Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has admitted that the US military is facing a 'crisis' after a series of sexual abuse cases

US military forced to face ‘crisis’ over sexual assault cases

A draft bill will break the usual chain of command for sex abuse

Obama has been damaged by the IRS’s ‘outrageous’ pursuit of right-wing groups

Barack Obama summons defence chiefs to discuss US military's sexual assault crisis

The top US defence leaders were summoned to the White House today to talk about the military's sexual assault crisis as the Pentagon's top general said women in uniform were losing confidence the problem will be solved.

Cody Wilson test fires the Liberator, which is a 3D printer handgun

Working gun can be made by anyone using a 3D printer

Gun control activists have voiced fears that the world’s first firearm made entirely with 3D printer technology was successfully fired, and the blueprint used to make it was made available online to download for free.

Persuasive: Sam Palladio plays a country singer in Nashville

Nashville's grand ole fraud: The Texan who's from Cornwall

Sam Palladio is the latest in a string of actors to fool the US

US orders new visa checks for arriving students following Boston Marathon bombings

The US Homeland Security Department ordered border agents to verify that every international student who arrives in the country has a valid student visa. The new procedure is the government's first security change directly related to the Boston Marathon bombings last month.

Steven Spielberg is to direct Bradley Cooper in a film adaptation of American Sniper

Steven Spielberg to direct adaptation of American Sniper starring Bradley Cooper

Steven Spielberg has his sights set on his next project, a movie about former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who is considered to be the deadliest sniper in US military history.

Hand it to him: Paul Rudd

Funny face: How Paul Rudd leapt from Clueless to Anchorman after years of being 'that guy' from Friends

Paul Rudd used to be that guy from that thing, but these days he's instantly recognisable. He tells Kaleem Aftab how it happened

Marc Marquez in record hunt at Spanish MotoGP

The Spanish rookie Marc Marquez has the chance to break more records at the Spanish MotoGP this weekend as the youngest leader of the World Championship.

DVD & Blu-ray review: Blood Simple: Director's Cut (18)

DVD & Blu-ray review: Blood Simple: Director's Cut (18)

Joel and Ethan Coen DVD/Blu-ray (92mins)

Richard LeParmentier, who died on 16 April aged 66, was a character actor who as a young Death Star commander learned the hard way that Darth Vader brooks no disrespect

Richard LeParmentier: Admiral Motti in 'Star Wars'

Richard LeParmentier, who died on 16 April aged 66, was a character actor who as a young Death Star commander learned the hard way that Darth Vader brooks no disrespect.

Kansas City Chiefs took Eric Fisher of Central Michigan with the No. 1 pick of the NFL Draft

Introducing the mind control mobile: Samsung says it is testing smartphone controlled by brain waves

Mobile phone giant Samsung has revealed that it is tworking on a smartphone that can be controlled by a user's brainwaves.

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